Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a heavy blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, as the player's wife has reportedly stated his future does not lie far away from the Spainsh capital.

While Chelsea remain long-term admirers of the Colombian, United entered the equation only recently but were understood to have emerged as favourites to snap up the 27-year-old after making a down-payment to Atletico - like they did with David de Gea two years ago - to secure the forward's services.

Radamel Falcao

However, according to the Express, Falcao's pregnant wife - Argentinean singer Lorelei Taron - has told a Spanish television program the forward will not be moving far from Madrid.

The couple are understood to be keen on raising their child in the Spanish capital. However, it looks unlikely the highly sought-after hitman will remain at the Vicente Calderon, which gives Atletico's cross-town rivals Real Madrid - who are also keen on Falcao - an advantage.

Falcao has scored 30 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions for Atletico this season, including a hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.

McLaren Backs RVP for PFA Honour

Meanwhile, former England manager Steve McLaren has backed Manchester United striker Robin van Persie to win the PFA Player of the Year award this season as well. The Dutchman, who won the honour with Arsenal last year, has been named as one of six nominees for this season and McLaren feels the 29-year-old deserves to take home the accolade.

"I think Robin van Persie will win the big prize. He has made such important difference to Manchester United. Look at the points difference between themselves and the rest - how did that happen? van Persie's goals," McLaren said.

"They lacked a goalscorer of that type last season. The other contenders are worthy, but I think the votes will have gone in and I think he'll be the winner," the 51-year-old added.

Van Persie has netted 21 times in the Premier League so far this season. Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale is the hot favourite for the award.